Srinivasa Perumal Temple is situated at Kudavasal, Tamil Nadu. A hundred songs were written and sung in praise of the idols in the Srinivasa Perumal Temple by Thirumangai Alwar, a Vaishnavite saint. The idols depicting the Lord Srinivasa and his consort Vanjulavalli Thayar are indeed beautiful and stunning. The temple also has the statue of the Kal Garudan, Lord Vishu’s mount. A huge statue showcasing the large wingspan and muscular body of the Kal Garudan, it has an interesting feature associated with it.
Twice every year, in March-April and then again in December-January, during the fourth day of Panguni and the fourth day of Margazhi respectively, the statue of Kal Garudan is taken out to serve as the Lord’s mount in a procession. While it takes just four men to lift and carry the statue out of the sanctum, the weight of the statue seems to start increasing and requires more men to carry it. After every short distance, four more men help in carrying the statue till eventually it requires sixty four men to carry the statue out of the temple. It further requires 128 men to move the statue along in the procession. Strangely, the reverse happens on the way back, with the weight decreasing as the statue approaches its resting place, until eventually it again requires just four men to carry the statue back into the inner sanctum. This phenomenon draws huge crowds of followers, devotes, tourists and curious visitor to witness it during the processions.
The performance of Arayar Sevai, a one-man song and dance act that is based on the verses of the Alwars is performed at the temple and accompanies the morning and evening prayers. Sadly, this is now a dying art form and there are very few temples where it is performed now a day.